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second-degree

adjective

Simple Definition of second-degree

  • of a crime : of a level of seriousness that is less than first-degree : deserving punishment but not the most severe punishment

  • : causing a moderate level of injury

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of second-degree

  1. 1 US of a crime :  of a level of seriousness that is less than first-degree :  deserving punishment but not the most severe punishment <second-degree assault/murder>

  2. 2 :  causing a moderate level of injury <He received/suffered second-degree burns.> <a second-degree concussion>


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